6 Male BBC Presenters Agree to Pay Cuts Amid Gender Gap Controversy

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The decision comes weeks after a senior female editor quit over unequal compensation at the broadcaster.

Six well-known male presenters at the BBC have agreed to take pay cuts following a growing controversy over the gender pay gap at the broadcaster.

Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine were all named by the BBC as accepting reduced wages, the amounts of which weren't revealed.

The news comes just weeks after BBC China editor Carrie Gracie resigned in protest over unequal pay, having discovered that she was earning less than her male counterparts.

"We are very grateful to Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell, John Humphrys, Jon Sopel, Nick Robinson and Jeremy Vine, who have agreed that their pay will now be reduced," said the BBC in a statement.

"These are great journalists and presenters, who have a real connection with the audience. We are proud to have them working at the BBC. The final details of some of these changes are still being discussed, and there are further conversations that the BBC will have with others in due course."

The BBC sparked headlines in the U.K. last year when it was forced to published a list of its highest-paid presenters, revealing that the highest-paid man earned more than four times that of the highest-paid woman.